While the 2022 NFL Draft is still far off in the distance, players that will be drafted early are on the field now. Each week presents unique matchups for draft prospects and this week is no different. Here are NFL Draft prospects to watch in college football week 4 recap.
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1. Demarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M came into their game against Arkansas with a 3-0 record and still had high hopes after being ranked highly in the preseason. Unfortunately, the Aggies lost. This was not on the defense though, as they were able to hold Arkansas to 20 points. Leal had a solid game himself, but it wasn’t enough to help the team win.
He finished with five total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries. Leal played on the interior of the defensive line, even though he has shown that he can play on the edge as well. For the next level, Leal will likely be an interior lineman, which suits him and helps his value. There aren’t many great interior defenders in the class. He can really cement his stock as a top interior defender if he continues to play like he has.
2. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas did not throw the ball much. They didn’t need to, as they led the entire game. When they did throw, it was their best player who stepped up. Burks finished the game with six receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. Of Arkansas’ nine completions, six of them went to Burks. The game plan worked, as Arkansas walked away with a win.
Burks was able to show his strength, speed and athleticism in the game against the Aggies. The highlight of his day was a 85-yard touchdown catch where he beat his man deep. Burks may just play his way into being the top receiver drafted in the class, which is no small feat given the immense amount at the position in the class. He did leave the game with an injury that required a walking boot, but mentioned that it was a “slight little injury” in his postgame press conference.
3. Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Fighting Irish played a close game with Wisconsin for the first three quarters. They were able to keep their undefeated record with a huge fourth quarter, as they won 41-13. Against a tough Wisconsin run-defense, Williams was not able to do too much. He finished the game with 18 carries for 33 yards. Williams did not have a reception in the game.
With Notre Dame’s offensive line struggles and Wisconsin being very tough against the run, it is understandable that Williams did not have a big day. Williams still has a chance to improve his stock and could be one of the first running backs selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Fighting Irish will be relying on Williams production to increase down the stretch though.
4. Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina was hoping the homefield advantage would help them secure a win against Kentucky. While the game was close, the Gamecocks lost to the Wildcats. Enagbare was able to show off his talent with six total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry. He got a lot of reps against the run, as Kentucky struggled to throw the ball.
Enagbare has had quite the season with three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He played solidly and his stock should remain about the same for now. If he continues to play well, Enagbare could be a first-round pick by the end of the season.
5. Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky has started the season off 4-0 after defeating South Carolina. They have been fueled by their offensive line play and defense, something that has been a staple of the program for a few years. Kinnard had a solid game in both pass protection and run blocking, even if the Wildcats didn’t make much headway through the air. He did leave the game with an injury for a short amount of time, but returned to the field.
Kinnard has received plenty of accolades over his career and he is living up to the hype. One thing that may hurt his draft stock a little bit is that he is a right tackle and Kentucky opted to leave him on the right side this season after the departure of Landon Young to the NFL. Either way, he has played well and should be an early-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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